Release: September 4, 2020
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Dave Min Responds to Opponent’s Attendance at a Maskless Lunch Meeting and Refusal to Take Free COVID-19 Test
As Fellow State Senator Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Moorlach Perpetuates Anti-Science Ideology
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, UC Irvine Law professor Dave Min, the Democratic candidate for State Senate in Senate District 37, publicly called on his opponent John Moorlach to treat COVID-19 seriously, following yet another example of Sen. Moorlach’s cavalier and dismissive attitude towards the virus that has killed over 180,000 Americans and devastated our economy.
Last week, following the announcement that Republican State Senator Brian Jones had tested positive for COVID-19, Sen. Moorlach admitted that he had refused free COVID-19 testing offered to all California state legislators, and moreover that he had attended a maskless lunch meeting with the Republican State Senate caucus, which he justified because “it would be our final Caucus lunch meeting… and we had more than enough issues to discuss.” And he continues to justify his actions in meetings since despite the clear advice of public health officials to not gather indoors.
Moorlach’s actions continue a disturbing trend of downplaying and minimizing the threats of COVID-19. Sen. Moorlach has previously called for the state to “lighten up” on its social distancing requirements so he can play golf, he has supported the maskless protests in Huntington Beach calling for the state to end social distancing measures (against the advice of public health professionals), he has repeatedly mocked the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he was the first legislative candidate in the state to hold in-person, maskless fundraisers, including in Newport Beach and Sacramento.
Sen. Moorlach is also a climate change denier and anti-vaxxer who has compared California’s vaccination requirements to “totalitarianism” and he is widely seen as one of the most anti-science politicians in the state of California. His lack of leadership and disregard for science offers voters another example of how Moorlach’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has left California unprepared.
Professor Min, who is endorsed by the California Nurses Association, the National United Healthcare Workers, and hundreds of California doctors, issued the following statement in response to Sen. Moorlach’s actions:
“Senator Moorlach’s refusal to get tested for COVID-19 and his repeated engagement in high-risk activities, including holding in-person fundraisers and attending a maskless lunch meeting, are reckless and dangerous,” Said Min. “His continual rejection of science and failure to follow the consensus of public health professionals not only jeopardize the health and safety of him and his loved ones, they also constitute a gross failure of leadership in the face of a serious pandemic that has killed thousands of Californians and decimated our economy. If I am elected, voters can be assured that I will follow the advice of public health professionals, and make sure that everyone has access to the free testing my opponent flippantly rejects.”
David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest. He is a leading economic expert whose research focuses on banking and housing policy.
California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park and is ranked by political handicappers as “Leans Democratic.” The incumbent career politician John Moorlach, an unwavering Trump supporter and anti-vaccination proponent, was soundly rejected by a majority of voters in the March 3, 2020 primary election.